Fort Collins to require face coverings in most buildings open to the public
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FORT COLLINS - The City of Fort Collins will require people to wear face coverings in most enclosed buildings open to the public beginning Monday, May 4.
Face coverings will be required in the following places:
- Any enclosed area, including retail and commercial businesses or on-site service providers, to which the public is invited or in which workers, including volunteers, from more than one household are present,
- Any City of Fort Collins building or indoor City facility;
- Any public transportation, including City Transfort buses and bus shelters; or
- Any other public indoor place where persons are unable to maintain safe social distancing (six or more feet separation) from others not of their own household.
Exemptions to the order include:
- Persons under the age of 10 years or children within a childcare facility;
- Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition documented by a medical professional;
- Persons working in an office or other workspace who do not have any face-to-face interactions with or share workspace with other persons;
- If the person is undergoing a medical or dental procedure that requires access to the person’s mouth or nose;
- Property owned or operated by the federal, state or county governments; and
- Persons who are customers of banks, financial institutions, and pawn shops. However, employees of these places must still wear face coverings.
The order is meant to help protect employees, assist healthcare workers and emergency personnel in responding to the coronavirus outbreak, and slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Face coverings that meet the City’s requirements must cover the nose and mouth and remain affixed without the use of hands. Examples include bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks, and gaiters. The public is discouraged from acquiring healthcare-grade or industrial-grade masks that would be used by healthcare workers.
All businesses must post signage in a prominent area informing the public about the policy. The City has created signs that may be downloaded and used by businesses. Those signs are available at fcgov.com/coronavirus.
Businesses must also make reasonable efforts to obtain and provide face coverings for employees.
Any person who does not wear a face covering where required and who does not leave the premises when asked to do so may be charged with a misdemeanor. Any person in charge of a property where face coverings are required who does not enforce the order may also be charged with a misdemeanor.
Violations of the face covering policy may be reported online at www.fcgov.com/accessfortcollins or by calling 970-416-2200. Do not call 911 to report a violation.
City Manager Darin Atteberry signed an emergency order authorizing the face covering requirement on May 1. A copy of the City’s order is included with this press release.
For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, visit fcgov.com/coronavirus